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Railtrack and South West trains to invest in further station security
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date
11 November 1997
source Railtrack plc
type Press release



Railtrack and South West Trains are working together to further improve station security through a £3 million cash injection.

The money has been made available for South West Trains to spend at its discretion on improving station security as part of Railtrack's station regeneration programme and is part of a nation-wide extra spend of £40 million.

South West Trains will use the money to fund further improvements to station security.

Options for the scheme include:

o Installing help points at stations.
o Further work on improving lighting.
o Installing closed circuit television at stations.

The £3 million contribution is part of a nation-wide extra spend of £40 million being handed out by Railtrack. Chris Jago, Director Railtrack Southern said:
"Stations are actually a lot safer than many other public places, but recent research has shown us that station security is one of our customers' most important priorities. They want us to put station safety on the fast track, and that is why we are contributing this extra money."

South West Trains Executive Director Graham Eccles said: "This extra money is good news for passengers as it will enable us to further enhance security at our stations.

"South West Trains has already demonstrated its commitment to improving security through a number of initiatives which range from the introduction of security guards to our partnership involvement in the Safer Travel Group for Bracknell and Martins Heron stations."

Last year South West Trains, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stagecoach Holdings plc, undertook a £130,000 project - backed by British Transport Police and local authorities - to improve security at 10 station car parks. Work included installation of closed circuit television in parking areas, improved lighting and cutting back vegetation.

South West Trains introduced security guards at Clapham Junction and Wimbledon stations in July following a successful on-going pilot scheme at Richmond. The patrolling guards act as a visible deterrent to crime and supplement closed circuit television already in place at these stations.

Railtrack's research has shown that rail users place the issue of security at the top of the list of things they would like Railtrack to be addressing.

Commenting on this research, Chris Jago said: "Our station regeneration programme has been designed to tackle the problems caused by many years of under-investment, restoring and enhancing Britain's station network. However, we have received the clear message from rail users that, while they understand that there is a long term need to modernise stations, in the short term they want us to give priority to the safety issue. This is what we are now doing by making extra funds available for station safety measures".

Railtrack will work with South West Trains to draw up a hit list of priority stations which be targeted under the scheme. Once installed the security equipment will be the responsibility of the Train Operator to operate and maintain.


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